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WAMC's award-winning daily news magazine show brings the listener the latest in local, national and world news. Join Brian Shields each weekday for the very latest.

The work of the WAMC News Team is combined each day with news and features from WAMC's National Productions, the BBC, Great Lakes Radio, and Stardate. You can also get a regional weather forecast from Paul Caiano.

The listener also can hear commentaries offered by a range of commentators who span the political spectrum such as former New York Common Cause leader Paul Elisha, former Republican Comptroller candidate Herb London, Professor of International History and Politics Steven Leibo, as well as WAMC's own political observer Alan Chartock. Highlights from the WAMC Listener Comment Line are usually aired on Friday's edition of Midday Magazine.

Tune into Midday Magazine each weekday at Noon.

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September 21, 2012

12:06 PM
Franz Ferdinand
Artist : The Fallen
Album : You Could Have It So Much Better
Composer : Kapranos & MCCarthy
ReleaseYear : 2005
Label : Donmino
12:24 PM
The Trapeze Swinger
Artist : Iron & Wine
Album : Around the Well
Composer : Sam Beam
ReleaseYear : 2009
Label : Sub Pop
12:39 PM
Dream Operator
Artist : Talking Heads
Album : True Stories
Composer : David Byrne
ReleaseYear : 1986
Label : Sire


Commentary & Opinion
1:20 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Herbert London: Where is My America?

Where is my America?  The nation of rugged individualists has ceded its position to those who embrace the command economy. Moreover, a failed record doesn’t mean very much when media panjandrums use barrels of print to boost the fortune of their desired candidates.

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New England News
1:03 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Long Term Funding Plan Being Prepared For Mass. Transportation

Credit Sturmovik at en.wikipedia

Massachusetts is facing huge budget deficits in its highway and mass transit systems. The Patrick administration is likely to call early next year for higher taxes and tolls.  The state, meanwhile, is putting millions of dollars more into a major transportation project in western Massachusetts.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
12:09 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Annual Report Informs Parents of Dangerous Toys

Parents can use a cardboard toilet paper tube to determine if a toy presents a choking hazard.
Credit WAMC

The United States Public Interest Research Group has released its 27th annual report detailing unsafe toys and how parents can protect their children from dangerous products on store shelves. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

Yesterday, the US PIRG Education Fund Released the 27th annual Trouble in Toyland Report. Across the country, coordinators discussed the report, shared safety guidelines for consumers purchasing toys for young children and provided examples of toys on store shelves that could present safety hazards.

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Commentary & Opinion
11:09 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Eliot Spitzer - A Positive Look at Politics

      Maybe it is the proximity of Thanksgiving that has gotten to me - but here is a really positive take on the year in politics:

The good guys won. And I don't just mean the President got re-elected.

There was more to it - so let's take a closer look at two specific aspects of the political landscape.

First - democracy was elevated.

Yes -- that may sound crazy after all the bile and nasty TV ads that buffeted us this year. At the fringe the ugliness was there, as it will always be unfortunately.

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Commentary & Opinion
12:35 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Paul Elisha: Veterans and politics

This commentator has always believed that age was never a guarantor of complaint or bad manners nor was it an established signal for curmudgeonly behavior.  So it’s especially upsetting to find oneself setting a graphic example of what he has criticized.

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New England News
6:07 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Massachusetts to Grant In-State Tuition to Immigrant Students

The Governor of Massachusetts has submitted a request to the state’s Commissioner of Higher Education that  formerly undocumented students living in the Commonwealth receive in-state college tuition at public universities and community colleges. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

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New York News
12:54 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

The Professor and The Search Engine

The search results as of 12:50pm November 19, 2012 continue to display the ANGA ad above Dr. Howarth's information.
Credit Google Screenshot by Dave Lucas

A professor at Cornell is at odds with a major internet search engine: he accuses Google of helping the gas lobby support hydraulic fracturing.  Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas looked into that allegation...

In a 2011 Cornell University study, Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology Robert Howarth warned that extracting natural gas from the Marcellus Shale via hydrofracking could do more to aggravate global warming than mining coal.  Howarth's findings were published in scientific journals as well as The New York Times.'

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Commentary & Opinion
11:41 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Rob Edelman: Looking for the Silver Lining

One new film that is sure to be high on this year’s Oscar buzz list is David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. While the film is predictable, it also is insightful and extremely entertaining. Its characters are flawed but likable, and are ever so human.

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Commentary & Opinion
10:35 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Liz Benjamin - NY's LGBT Community

The ongoing struggle for control of the state Senate has put some traditional Democratic allies in a tough spot. That is particularly true when it comes to New York’s LGBT community.

The Democrats are trying to convince New Yorkers that putting the majority in their hands will result in passage of many long stalled so-called progressive bills. That includes a transgender rights measure, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, better known as GENDA.

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Commentary & Opinion
9:17 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Eliot Spitzer - Looking at the Data

If last week was all about politics - and thankfully things turned out pretty well - maybe thisweek we can put ideology and partisanship aside for a moment and apply a more objective,scientific approach to some of the tough issues we face. What do historical records and datasuggest might be the better course for our nation to follow?

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